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New Ram 1500 TRX 2021 detailed: Supercharged V8 monster truck ready to hunt Ford Raptor in Australia

The 1500 TRX has the F-150 Raptor firmly in its sights.

Ram has revealed the quickest full-size pick-up in the world, with CarsGuide expecting the aptly named 1500 TRX to be ready to hunt the Ford Raptor in Australia with factory approval from as early as next year.

Speaking to CarsGuide, a Ram Australia spokesperson wasn’t able to confirm a right-hand-drive ‘remanufacturing’ programme for the 1500 TRX dual-cab ute yet, let alone launch timing.

“We are closely working with colleagues in the US on future products, and (the 1500 TRX) is something we’re now looking at closely,” they said.

That said, CarsGuide understands the factory-approved 1500 TRX is all but confirmed, with it likely to be launched by Ram Australia in the next 18 months.

When the 1500 TRX arrives, it will put allcomers to shame with its 523kW/881Nm 6.2-litre supercharged Hemi V8 petrol engine, which is taken straight from the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk large SUV and several Dodge models.

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Mated to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission and a four-wheel-drive system with launch control, the 1500 TRX sprints from a standstill to 97km/h (60mph) in 4.5 seconds while on the way to its top speed of 190km/h.

It goes without saying, then, that the Ford F-150 Raptor is way off these marks, with its 336kW/691Nm 3.5-litre twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 petrol engine helping to produce a 0-97km/h (0-60mph) sprint time of 5.1s and an electronically limited top speed of 172km/h.

Of course, there’s more to the 1500 TRX than its straight-line performance, with it following in the F-150 Raptor’s tyre tracks with superior capability off-road via its active full-time transfer case and rear differential lock.

The 1500 TRX also features 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 325/65 Goodyear Wrangler Territory all-terrain tyres, and an upgraded suspension set-up with independent front and Dana 60 solid rear axles with Bilstein Black Hawk e2 adaptive dampers.

As a result, the 1500 TRX’s ride height has increased by 51mm, with ground clearance now 300mm, while wading depth is 813mm. Approach, departure and breakover angles are 30.2, 23.5 and 21.9 degrees respectively. Maximum payload is 594kg, while maximum braked towing capacity is 3674kg.

The TRX stands out from the 1500 crowd with its more aggressive front fascia, including its functional bonnet scoop, while its fender flares add 203mm of body width.

Inside, the 1500 TRX steps up with unique leather and suede upholstery as well as carbon-fibre trim. There’s also a flat-bottom steering wheel and a traditional gear selector.

As reported, the ‘regular’ 1500 is expected to be launched by Ram Australia in next-generation form (DT) later this year, while the current DS series will live on as the 1500 Classic.